Ljubljana (2005) (excerpts)

Ljubljana 2005 (Decisions: Decision No. 14/05 on Women in Conflict Prevention, Crisis Management and Post-Conflict Rehabilitation)

The Ministerial Council,
(…)
Recognizing that the knowledge, skills and experience of both women and men are essential
to peace, sustainable democracy, economic development and therefore to security and stability
in the OSCE region,
Further recognizing that United Nations Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women,
peace and security links gender equality and security, focusing on the role of women in matters
of peace and security at all levels,
(…)
Emphasizing the importance of women’s full and equal participation in all phases of conflict
prevention, resolution and peace-building,
Acknowledging the need for concrete action by the OSCE to integrate women into conflict
prevention, crisis management and post-conflict rehabilitation through its activities, inter
alia, by:

1. Ensuring proactive implementation throughout the Organization of the 2004 OSCE Action
Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, adopted by Permanent Council Decision No. 638
of 2 December 2004,

2. Integrating into the activities of the OSCE, as appropriate, the relevant parts of UN Security
Council resolution 1325 (2000) on the role of women in all levels of conflict prevention, crisis
management and resolution, and post‑conflict rehabilitation,

3. Encouraging participating States to develop national rosters of potential women candidates
(as called for in the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equality, paragraph
22) and take active steps to ensure that women are fully informed of and encouraged to apply
for positions in the area of conflict prevention and post‑conflict rehabilitation processes, in
particular for senior management positions,

4. Calling on participating States to nominate more women as heads of institutions and missions,
and to other senior positions in the OSCE,

5. Actively encouraging the recruitment of women to OSCE field presences, in particular to
management positions, with the goal of having a substantial number of field presences headed
by women,

6. Calling on participating States and OSCE structures, as appropriate, to support and encourage
training and educational programmes focusing on women and girls, as well as projects
aimed at women’s participation in building sustainable peace; to empower women’s
organizations; to support women’s peace initiatives through the media and workshops on human
rights and gender equality; and to raise awareness among women concerning the importance
of their involvement in political processes,

7. Calling on participating States and OSCE structures, as appropriate, to develop specific policies
to encourage the full and equal participation of women and women’s organizations in
conflict prevention, conflict resolution and post-conflict rehabilitation, as well as to encourage
and support the sharing of experiences and best practices and, further, to engage with women’s
peace initiatives,

8. Calling on participating States to take into account the important role and the particular
needs of women and girls in implementing government policies on protection and durable solutions
including voluntary return, resettlement, rehabilitation, (re)integration or repatriation
of refugees and internally displaced persons in safety and dignity,

9. Recommending that participating States regularly evaluate their efforts at gender mainstreaming
in conflict prevention, conflict management and rehabilitation processes, and
make such evaluations public, to be used for gender‑sensitive training purposes, and in implementation
of relevant commitments as well as to increase awareness of their importance,
Decides to:
• Task the Secretary General in his annual progress report on the implementation of
Permanent Council Decision No. 638 on the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the Promotion of
Gender Equality with making specific references to the implementation in the Organization
of the parts of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) that are relevant to the OSCE;
• Task the Secretariat, in the context of the objectives of the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for the
Promotion of Gender Equality, with developing in co-operation with participating States,
further measures to substantially increase the number of women in the OSCE Secretariat,
institutions and field operations, in particular at senior and policy‑making levels;
• Task the OSCE structures and institutions with developing or adjusting relevant projects,
strategies and initiatives, and conducting other activities, including exchanging information
with the UN in order to fulfil the commitments contained in this decision;
• Invite OSCE participating States and the OSCE institutions to report at the Annual Security
Review Conference also on the progress achieved in implementing the commitments contained
in this decision.